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"Women Who Dared"

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The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is holding a "Women Who Dared" awards luncheon, celebrating local women who dared to make a difference for residents in Broward County, on Wednesday, November 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orangebrook Golf and Country Club, 400 Entrada Drive.

A panel discussion will feature keynote speaker Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The public is invited to the awards luncheon. Honorees are: Olga G. Alvarez, Hazel Armbrister, Nadine McCrea, Niara Sudarkasa and Mary Zalaznik. The event is open to the public. Honorees are:

• Olga G. Alvarez, Cooper City, is the principal of Project Coordinating Services, LLC, (PCS, LLC), a design and consulting firm that works on renovations and new construction projects. PCS's "green" interior design services focuses on minimizing the environmental impact of building products and materials.

• Hazel Armbrister, Pompano Beach, is a teacher who has long been active in party organizations, including the Democratic Executive Committee and the Democratic Black Caucus. Priorities are education, health and rehabilitative services and housing and criminal justice.

• Nadine McCrea is one of the most effective leaders of change in the City of Hollywood. She serves as president of the Washington Park Homeowners Association and founded the Community Enhancement Collaboration, a community-based organization working to enhance the quality of life for residents of Washington Park.

• Niara Sudarkasa, Ph.D., Lauderhill, is an American scholar, educator, Africanist and anthropologist. In 2001 she became the first African American to be installed as a chief in the historic Ife Kingdom of the Yoruba of Nigeria. She is the Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.

• Mary Zalaznik, Oakland Park, is the vice president of operations and general manager for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, the nation's leading provider of end-of-life care. She oversees the operations for management of 2208 employees in three counties and an average of 2,800 patients per day. Personally, she dared to say and continues to say, "We will do the right thing for our staff and the community."

The awards luncheon also kicks off the launch of the CSW's Needs Assessment 2011 Survey, which will evaluate the services provided for women in Broward County. Based on the survey findings, the CSW will make recommendations to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

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